It’s been nearly three years since the Outdoor Writers Association of America announced that it would hold its annual conference in Alaska in September of 2012. It seemed the day would never get here.
Well, it’s here.
I’m in the office wrapping up some loose ends. This afternoon I’ll be on a plane.
The past few days have been a blur. I’ve been trying to work on the ever-shifting itinerary for my days of adventure before and after the conference. I’ve been trying to get my gear in order and fit everything into a reasonable amount of luggage. I’ve been trying to tackle chores around home that are my exclusive duty, and which couldn’t wait for my return. I’ve made some appearances at the office because, well, it’s going to be a while before I’m back in here. And I’ve been trying to enjoy some fun time with my family, from which I will be away for the longest time since the girls were born.
I also managed to get out and check some of my trail cameras, and was pleased to get the shot posted here. A friend whose opinion I trust thinks this big six is at least 20 inches wide. I’d love to get a shot at hime. Knowing this guy is on one of the places I hunt will make it a little easier to leave what I hope is the fantastic fishing of Alaska to get back here and great ready for bow season.
Though there will be days when I’m in the middle of nowhere and completely off the grid, I’ll be in and around civilization a fair amount, and my plan is to post dispatches here as often as possible, either with my laptop or my smart phone.
I might even be able to get a few submitted trailcam pictures up, but can’t guarantee it. Heck, I have a hard time keeping up with those when I’m here.
I’m slightly bummed that I’ll miss the early days of Virginia’s hunting seasons. But only slightly!
Everyone be safe out there as hunting season begins. Get a few geese, squirrels and doves for me.